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Mesa County Sheriff's Office
Mesa County Sheriff's Office

Information and Communications Manager

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LOCATION

Grand Junction, CO
DATE POSTED
July 5, 2022
SALARY
$65,109.03 - $85,997.93 Annually
CLOSE DATE
July 19, 2022
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Job Description

Be the PIO and strategic communicator for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Here's your chance to work for a great organization in a community that backs the blue!

Description

JOB SUMMARY:

Performs complex work coordinating, establishing and maintaining communication between the agency and its various customers; manages information internally and externally for and about the Mesa County Sheriff's Office; provides information to members of the public, the media and other department personnel in accordance with Colorado open records laws.  Ensures all external communications reflects the agency’s brand and values as well as furthers the agency’s mission. Coordinates and participates in programs to promote agency services, and provides public education.  

Essential Duties

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

(The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Mesa County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)

Serves as agency Public Information Officer that requires writing press releases, fielding and/or answering questions concerning specific situations, conducting media tours, or meeting with the press.  Coordinates media press conferences and arranges interviews regarding agency issues and activities.

Attends Command Staff meetings with department executive staff, participates in planning, and directing department activities, functions and obligations.

Receives requests for statistical information from Command Staff and the public. Responds to requests for information from members of the public, all media sources, other agencies and department personnel, both on the phone and in person.   Writes and distributes authorized press releases, public service announcements and other publications.

Responds and facilitates requests for research projects by media sources.  Participates in discussions about information to be released on sensitive cases or ongoing criminal or internal investigations.  

At crime scenes and critical incident command situations, serves as Public Information Officer (PIO) with duties to include fielding and/or answering media questions, conducting media tours of scene, handling media requests and managing media access to scene, writing and issuing media releases, assisting incident commander(s) with management of information, and documenting scene for historical archival purposes.

At crime scenes and critical incident command situations, may serve as the Lead PIO as identified in the Incident Command System.  Lead PIO duties include activating a Joint Information System to assist in disseminating coordinated, accurate, accessible, and timely information to the public and media. May also serve as logistical support when needed.

Participates in the Mesa County Joint Information System Coordination group and ongoing relevant training. Serves as agency representative on a variety of internal and external committees as assigned.

Serves as member of Command Staff and serves as advisor to the Sheriff in the development of programs and special projects.  Participates in strategic planning and organizational development.

Responds to requests for assistance from citizens concerning administrative or public service matters.  Refers citizen requests to appropriate employees within the Department or to appropriate sources outside the Department.

Performs and/or facilitates tours of the agency and specific public appearances including public speaking engagements. Facilitates participation in community public events, appearances and educational opportunities. Organizes, plans, advertises agency community public events such as charity fundraisers and community engagement events.

Develops and monitors agency’s public relations communication plan. Develops, maintains and monitors the agency’s communication channels such as social media, website, and print publications. Ensures all agency’s public communications reflects the agency’s brand and values as well as furthers the agency’s mission.

Develops print, digital, and video materials as well as takes photographs for community relationship building, education, and historical purposes. Facilitates live broadcasts of press conferences and events as appropriate.  

Provides support to the agency in the development and implementation of agency promotional assessment processes.  Assists in external recruitment and hiring activities as requested.

Supports Command Staff particularly during press conferences and interviews. Assists Command Staff in preparing for lectures and presentations.

Oral and written communications must be clear and effective.

Performs other related duties as assigned.  

Minimum Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, statistics or related field and two (2) years of related experience.

Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.

Supplemental Information

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

This position requires standing, stooping, sitting, bending, twisting, and lifting up to 10 pounds.

Work is generally confined to a standard office environment, with periodic call-outs to active incidents, community events, and media interviews.

Working hours generally Monday-Friday with on-call status evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

In compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, the following items can be used as a determining factor in the starting and ongoing wage of an employee working in this position:

  • A seniority system that rewards employees based on length of employment, or;
  • Education, training, or experience to the extent that they are reasonably related to the work in question.

This position is eligible for the Mesa County benefit package, which includes the following;

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Retirement
  • Paid Sick and Vacation Leave
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability


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